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Jun 1, 2022

Join Daniel R. Goldstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of JHLT, and the JHLT Digital Media Editors for two interviews with groups of authors from the June issue of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. You’ll hear more about each of these teams as well as more about the work they’re publishing this month.

First, the editors speak with senior author Evgenij V. Potapov, MD (left) and first author Jaime-Jürgen Eulert-Grehn, MD (right), both of the German Heart Center, about their paper entitled “Defibrillator generator replacements in patients with left ventricular assist device support: The risks of hematoma and infection.”

Van-Khue Ton, MD, and David Schibilsky, MD, interview Drs. Potapov and Eulert-Grehn about balancing their work as surgeon-scientists, their training and background, and some fascinating upcoming research questions, including a career switch for Dr. Eulert-Grehn!

They go on to explore the study, including the reasons for higher infections in the LVAD group, risk profiles, and study design.

Next, Erika Lease, MD, and Dr. Goldstein join first author Toshihiro Okamoto, MD, PhD (left) and senior author Kenneth McCurry, MD (right), on their study: “Clinical significance of donor lung weight at procurement and during ex vivo lung perfusion.”

Drs. Okamoto and McCurry share how their team collaborates to balance surgical, administrative, and research responsibilities, and Dr. Okamoto discusses how training across multiple countries bolstered his skills.

They go on to discuss the study, which aimed to determine the correlation between donor lung weight and post-transplant outcomes, while also investigating the significance of donor lung weight at the end of EVLP as a marker for suitability.

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